Gwinnett Tech Interiors Students Win Excellence Awards
For the second year in a row Gwinnett Technical College Interiors students participated in the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Awards of Excellence and, once again, made an outstanding showing.
Students from design schools throughout Georgia submitted projects for consideration. And Gwinnett Tech was the only technical college competing against four-year colleges and universities.
“It means a lot to win these awards because it recognizes the quality of the training our students receive,” said Susan Arnold, interiors program director, Gwinnett Tech. “The design community has awarded Gwinnett Tech recognition for its high standing in the demanding and technical world of interior design. GTC students can now be recognized by reputation when they apply for jobs and are more eagerly recruited by larger firms.”
Lisa Hawkins received a silver award in the individual category for her Benson Master Bath design.
Though no gold was awarded in either the group residential or the group contract categories, Gwinnett Technical College students swept both the silver and bronze in each.
In the group residential category, Tonya Sherman and Pina Elizalde received the silver award, while the team of Dan Boykin, Alicia Johnson, Luann Byrd and Andrea Russ received the bronze award. In the group contract category, the team of Lisa Hawkins, Allison Petrie and Angela Rhodes received the silver award. Tonya Sherman, Hayley Gorne and LeAnn Price were awarded the bronze award.
The winners were announced at a banquet held at The Foundry at Puritan Mills which was sponsored by the prestigious architectural and design group, HOK. Jo Rabaut, president of the Georgia Chapter of ASID, presented the awards.
Winning the ASID Award of Excellence not only recognizes outstanding work, but is also a factor in opening the doors to employment opportunities for these students.
Gwinnett Tech offers a diploma and associate degree in Interiors, as well as certificates for interior design assistants and in painted and faux finishes.